WHAT READING DOES TO YOU?
Reading is a skill that can transform a human being. It is done with different purposes & thus provides different benefits & results to different people. Nonetheless, it provides immense satisfaction to one & all. If you are not a voracious reader, it’s high time, you become one.
I have derived lots from this habit. Opening of newer vistas, validation and a much better understanding of the world we live in. For a practitioner, it provides the theoretical grounding to practitioners learning, which is generally not very cogent & academically neat. Having learnt so many practical / mental models, it connects these models to similar models in different areas & disciplines. An unbelievable consolidation exercise without even realizing of it.
As a practitioner, failure is quite common. Disillusioned might set in. The Consolation comes by way reading about the life of the likes of Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Elon Musk, that they all came the hard way, alone & made a life out of their life. How enduring organisations are created and sustained and so is the case with institutions. It’s an eye opener.
What we see superficially can at best be called misconceptions. We tend to live & die for it. Going deeper we fathom out how the same facts connect differently. One can provide a new, totally dimension to the same incident or fact, based on his knowledge base. It takes a humongous effort to substantiate a point of view. Might be a heavily researched book does it for you. Logical argumentative skill can develop only out of reading.
The core of all knowledge merges. Commonality in most of things emerges. Operational management can be brought down to some 100 / 200 case studies. Realization dawns that generally we relate the unrelated, as apples to oranges & miserably fail. However much we read, it’s just the beginning, is the eternal wisdom. Knowing what you don’t know is the biggest learning of life.
WHAT YOU EXTRACT OUT OF READING, IS YOUR TAKE IN LIFE.